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NPCA, NACDS back compounding reform, drug security bill

The National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores have endorsed The Drug Quality and Security Act, which aims to improve regulation of pharmacy compounding and security of the pharmacy supply chain.

NASP project to develop specialty Rx practice parameters

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) has launched a national collaborative project to devise pharmacy practice parameters in about 20 specialty pharmacy therapeutic categories focused on disease management.

Patients give pharmacists, Rx staff high marks

Community pharmacies can congratulate themselves on sustaining a high level of customer satisfaction with pharmacists and pharmacy staff, according to the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmacy Satisfaction Pulse Survey.

Biometric integration yields benefits at Astrup Drug

Pharmacists at Astrup Drug Inc. are more in tune with their patients' health since integrating PharmaSmart biometric screening technology with the regional drug chain's Rx30 pharmacy system.

MinuteClinic makes Hawaii debut at Longs Drugs

CVS Caremark Corp. has opened the first of seven planned MinuteClinics inside Longs Drug Stores in Hawaii.

Rite Aid partners with texting service for pregnant women

Rite Aid Corp. has been named the first national retail partner of text4baby, a free text messaging service for pregnant women and mothers of infants younger than age 1.

Michigan poll: Don't make pseudoephedrine medicines Rx-only

A poll in Michigan finds that voters oppose legislation that would require a prescription for over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA).

HHS acts on specialty Rx group's HITECH Act concerns

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has responded to requests from the Specialty Pharmacy Association of America (SPAARx) for clarifications on 2013 regulations under the HIPAA HITECH Act.

Pharmasave passes 200 stores in Ontario

Pharmasave Drugs Ltd. has reached a milestone, passing the 200 mark in stores in Ontario.

Rite Aid pushes forward with store remodels

Rite Aid Corp. expects to have about a quarter of its store base converted to its "wellness store" format by the close of its fiscal year next March.

IT solutions improve drug chains' efficiency, insight

Drug chains are sharpening their efficiency and decision-making in back-end and customer-facing functions across their organizations with the help of applications that enable them to better harness and manage data.

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